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Noah and the Whale

Noah and the whale
Noah and the whale

The urge to for fill our Noah and the Whale biblical references is almost too great.

There’s their symbolic entrance on stage where four members came on two-by-two; Charlie wearing his Trilby hat, his smart black blazer and his dignified grey casual waistcoat. Tom, fiddle under his arm and drapper, yet casual black suit. Following the pair we have bass guitarist Matt and guitarist Fred. The drummer trails behind; sadly it’s common etiquette to dismiss the drummer in most bands and cruel it may seem, an ark would only save the most vital members of a band.

Then there’s ‘Blue Skies’ a track off their second album, The First Days of Spring, a hazy, daydreaming number perfect for a passing storm lasting forty days and forty nights. And then there’s the lightening of the strobe lights crashing against the sounds to ‘Give It All Back’ and the thunderous applause which greets powerful numbers such as their latest release, ‘Tonight’s the Kind of Night’ and ‘Waiting for My Chance to Come’ found on their current album, Last Night on Earth.

With such passionate tracks it’s a shame the lads from Twickenham have a few album-fillers which ascend into lazy and uncharismatic songs which stretches over their 70-minute set. The band’s second album written during Fink’s split with Laura Marling is partly to blame as we are reminded of his sorrow set to words best kept on a break-up letter.

By giving us a ‘Romantic’ and an ‘Up-tempo’ part of the set it’s obvious to assume the band play much better with the latter.

Charlie’s drab and unintentional sarcastic tone of voice works against his favour when he tells the Portsmouth audience that he ‘won a free game of crazy golf today and must return to cash it in.’ Coming across giving the opinion he can’t wait to pick up the bands luggage which is impatiently waiting outside their dressing room in preparation for their quick get-away.

Rounding off their encore with a dyslexic‘s nightmare rendition of ‘L.O.V.E.G.O.E.S.O.N’ the bands overall spell tonight seemed somewhat flat in places yet when he mood quirked up it’s plain to see how their popularity has stabilised over their five years in the business.

It’s such a shame they didn’t release a bird of peace around the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms for a grand finale as it would had worked wonders for us to round off this review – Never mind!